In Fall 2021, the ARCH201 studios explored the relationship of domestic life and work. After living through a global pandemic for a year and a half, increased vaccination rates and policymakers’ learned decisions finally allow us to leave our bubbles and participate in the collective urban life. However, after refraining from others’ bodies to keep ours safe for so long, not everyone can return to the public life immediately. People’s reactions to this transition vary, and a gradually increasing some is contemplating moving away from the city. Yet it is not easy to leave the city, and all its comforts behind. It is a conundrum. Students designed the house of a family in such conundrum: A house where they could keep their distance for a little longer for a slower transition, yet not move away from the city.

The project contained the domestic space for a family of three or four, and a workspace that could accommodate groups of 10-12 people working collectively. While the mode of practice was left to students to decide individually, each house project accommodated a production practice. The production may be in crafts such as textiles, ceramics, weaving, papermaking, or carpentry; it could be in agriculture or husbandry; as well as intellectual production in literature, anthropology, botany, or astronomy. The list could be extended by students as long as the activity is covered in their program and sufficiently addressed in its spatialization. The workspace was reserved both for production and educational workshops to share the practice with visitors.

2021 Spring Instructors:Zühre Sü Gül (Course Coordinator), Deniz Üçer, Ahmet Ünveren, Ezgi İşbilen

Teaching Assistant:Gülnihan Atay